2020 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers
The Cubs have optioned RHP Dillon Maples to AAA Iowa.
So the Cubs MLB Active List roster now stands at 30, with ten players on Optional Assignment.
The status of the eight remaining Cubs MLB Spring Training minor league NRI (LHP Rex Brothers, C-INF P. J. Higgins, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Ian Miller, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF-OF Hernan Perez, C Josh Phegley, and RHP Michael Rucker) is unclear, although MLB and the MLBPA have agreed that the deadline for a club to decide whether to release a post-2019 MLB Article XX-B free-agent signed to a 2020 minor league contract (Kipnis and Morrow), add the player to the MLB 40-man roster by Opening Day, or retain the player on a minor league contract where the player receives a $100K retention bonus and an automatic 6/1 player opt-out, will be postponed until five days prior to MLB Opening Day (once it has been rescheduled).
The Cubs have optioned RHP James Norwood to AAA Iowa, and LHRP Danny Hultzen, RHRP Dakota Mekkes, LHRP Wyatt Short, and RHRP Ben Taylor have been assigned to Minor League Camp.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 39 (21 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders).
The Cubs have optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay, RHP Colin Rea, and INF Zack Short to AAA Iowa and C Miguel Amaya to AA Tennessee, sent INF Carlos Asuaje, OF Noel Cuevas, INF-OF Trent Giambrone, and 1B Corban Joseph to Minor League Camp, and added NRI RHP Michael Rucker to MLB Spring Training roster.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 44 (26 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders)
The Cubs have optioned RHP Tyson Miller and INF-OF Robel Garcia to AAA Iowa and RHP Manuel Rodriguez and LHP Justin Steele to AA Tennessee, sent non-roster RHP Jason Adam, RHP Oscar de la Cruz, LHP Tyler Olson, LHP C. D. Pelham, RHP Caleb Simpson, RHP Brock Stewart and C Jhonny Pereda to Minor League Camp, and re-claimed RHP Michael Rucker (selected by Baltimore Orioles in Major Phase of 2019 Rule 5 Draft) and assigned him outright to AAA Iowa.
Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 51.
2020 CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Numbers 6, 18, 35, 37, 47, 49, 53, 69, 70, 80, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, and 98 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)
NOTE 3: Some of the Spring Training guest instructors are wearing duplicate numbers
1 Terrmel Sledge, ASSISTANT HITTING COACH
2 Nico Hoerner, INF
3 David Ross, MANAGER
4 Josh Phegley, C (NON-ROSTER)
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B
8 Ian Happ, OF-INF
9 Javy Baez, INF
9 Randy Hundley, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
11 Yu Darvish, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
13 David Bote, INF
15 Brandon Morrow, P (NON-ROSTER)
16 Robel Garcia, INF
17 Kris Bryant, INF
19 Andy Green, BENCH COACH/INFIELD INSTRUCTOR
20 Colin Rea, P
20 Kevin Youkilis, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
21 Steven Souza Jr, OF
22 Jason Heyward, OF
23 Ryne Sandberg, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
24 Jeremy Jeffress, P
25 Will Venable, 3rd BASE COACH/OUTFIELD INSTRUCTOR
26 Billy Williams, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
27 Jason Kipnis, INF (NON-ROSTER)
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Trevor Megill, P
30 Alec Mills, P
30 Ted Lilly, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
32 Tyler Chatwood, P
33 Daniel Descalso, INF
34 Jon Lester, P
34 Kerry Wood, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
36 Dillon Maples, P
38 Brad Wieck, P
39 Danny Hultzen, P (NON-ROSTER)
40 Willson Contreras, C
40 Rick Sutcliffe, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
41 Hernan Perez, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
43 Dan Winkler, P
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B
45 Jharel Cotton, P
46 Craig Kimbrel, P
46 Ryan Dempster, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
48 Rex Brothers, P (NON-ROSTER)
50 Rowan Wick, P
51 Duane Underwood Jr, P
52 Ryan Tepera, P
54 Chris Young, BULLPEN COACH
55 Mike Napoli, QUALITY ASSURANCE COACH
56 Kyle Ryan, P
57 James Norwood, P
58 Mike Borzello, ASSISTANT PITCHING COACH
59 Tyler Olson, P (NON-ROSTER)
60 Jason Adam, P (NON-ROSTER)
61 Carlos Asuaje, INF (NON-ROSTER)
62 Jose Quintana, P
63 Juan Cabreja, PRE-GAME FIELD COORDINATOR
64 C. D. Pelham, P (NON-ROSTER)
65 Casey Sadler, P
66 Noel Cuevas, OF (NON-ROSTER)
67 Ben Taylor, P (NON-ROSTER)
68 Tommy Hottovy, PITCHING COACH
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P (NON-ROSTER)
72 Tyson Miller, P
73 Adbert Alzolay, P
74 Justin Steele, P
75 Miguel Amaya, C
76 Zack Short, INF
77 Manuel Rodriguez, P
78 Wyatt Short, P (NON-ROSTER)
79 Ian Miller, OF (NON-ROSTER)
81 Craig Driver, 1st BASE COACH/CATCHING INSTRUCTOR
82 Jhonny Pereda, C (NON-ROSTER)
83 Franklin Font, ASSISTANT BULLPEN COACH
84 Caleb Simpson, P (NON-ROSTER)
85 Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
86 P. J. Higgins, C-INF (NON-ROSTER)
87 Brock Stewart, P (NON-ROSTER)
88 Corban Joseph, INF (NON-ROSTER)
89 Dakota Mekkes, P (NON-ROSTER)
91 Kyle Evans, DATA & DEVELOPMENT COACH
95 Chad Noble, BULLPEN CATCHER
99 Anthony Iapoce, HITTING COACH
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 10 min ago (view)
I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.
However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team
crunch 4 hours 47 min ago (view)
is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021? ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 17 min ago (view)
This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!
(And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)
Hagsag 8 hours 41 min ago (view)
Wrigley Rat 14 hours 9 min ago (view)
Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.
Charlie 18 hours 26 min ago (view)
I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.
Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?).
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point
waveland 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
really appreciate the years and years of your updates
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS.
bradsbeard 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH.
Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).
Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option
bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose.
Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward.
BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021).
Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft).
Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.